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Mesnes Street, Wigan


Mesnes St, Wigan
Photo: DTease
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Item #: 31119
Do they still have those blinds to keep the sun off the windows?

Comment by: Rosie M on 10th April 2019 at 07:37

They don't need many blinds now,most of the shops in Mesnes Street now,most of the shops are closed.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th April 2019 at 07:42

I remember Mesnes St so well. The Scotch Bakery was on the left hand corner by the alley that went through to Dicconson St. The shoe shop where my mother always chose clod hoppers for me, which must have been one of the shops in the row pictured. They had an X Ray machine to see where your toes were in the shoe !
Not many shops seem have sun blinds these days.....well most shops are in shopping malls these days so you wouldnt know if it was rain or shine outside...thanks DTease

Comment by: Veronica on 10th April 2019 at 09:13

Not nearly as vibrant as it used to be. My first job was at Aspinall's Decorators (out of shot). But that's the case all around Wigan.

Comment by: Joyce on 10th April 2019 at 10:38

The name of the shoe shop was Scotts!.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th April 2019 at 13:48

Thanks Joyce, I wouldnt have remembered the name of the shoe shop in a Month of Sundays!

(Now where did that saying come from !?)

Comment by: Veronica on 10th April 2019 at 14:16

Aspinall's were quite an upmarket decorators and they had a machine for trimming wallpaper which had to be paid for on top of the customer's bill. Before this people had to trim their own wallpaper which was quite a tedious job. I was Shown how to work the machine and it was very unpredictable - I remember some people at first, would bring the rolls back because the machine sliced some of the pattern off at the edges. I hated doing that job. It was usually the well- off people who paid for that service. There was a team of decorators worked for Mr Aspinall as I remember. Basically I was an errand girl, tripping round about Wigan to the other Decorator's shops and I only stayed about 5 months, it certainly wasn't well paid to work in shops at that time.

Comment by: Philip Cunliffe on 10th April 2019 at 20:51

Pub quiz. Without zooming in too closely who can say what is written on the 2 stone plaques that can been seen above the buildings. I have walked by them many times but only read them recently.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th April 2019 at 23:15

Give us a clue Philip- my eyes are not that good.....Head - something- Office?

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 11th April 2019 at 03:15

I love those big windows.. The second and third floors would make lovely flats /apartments.. Nice solid well built buildings...

Comment by: Philip C on 11th April 2019 at 08:36


Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 11th April 2019 at 11:23

I think its something like Market Buildings

Comment by: English Electric on 11th April 2019 at 12:01

A quick cheat by looking at Google Street View gives the answer .... MARKET BUILDINGS

Interesting that the remaining shops not closed and up For Let give a snapshot of those essential staples of modern life ....
A betting shop, a nail salon, a chemists, a dress shop, a sandwich shop and a vape shop.

Comment by: Broady on 11th April 2019 at 12:09

I think the bakery was Baillie’s.

Comment by: Philip C on 11th April 2019 at 14:06

It is Market Buildings . This photo does show attractive shop fronts. Bill Bryson returned to England and wrote a follow up to his previous book about the country. He remarked how many ground floor shops through out the England had been spoiled but If you look up at the first floor they still retained their original architecture.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 11th April 2019 at 20:01

Broady I think you are right with the spelling of The Scotch Bakery...not Baileys.

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